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Consul General

Michael Alan Ratney

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Consul General Michael Ratney

Michael Ratney arrived in Jerusalem on July 29, 2012, the 50th American diplomat to lead this mission since the United States established a permanent diplomatic presence here in 1857.

Before assuming his duties in Jerusalem, Consul General Ratney was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Media and, prior to that, spokesman for the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Consul General Ratney served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Doha, Qatar, as well as tours in Mexico City, Baghdad, Beirut, Casablanca, Bridgetown, and Washington, DC.  He earned a BS from Boston University, and an MA from the George Washington University.  Consul General Ratney is married to Karen Sasahara, also a Foreign Service Officer, and now posted at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.  Their home is Massachusetts.

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